MAKING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS INDUSTRY-READY. The Cebu Institute of Technology-University signs an agreement with Alliance Software for a training and research partnership. At the ceremony are (from left, front) Alliance Software COO Sherwin Yu, CEO Robert Cheng, CIT-U Vice President for Administration John Gregory Escario, CIT-U VP for Academics Corazon Evangelista-Valencia; (back row, from left) Human Resource Director Pauline Wade, SPSS Director Bernard Villamor and CIT-U College of Computer Studies Dean Cherry Lyn Sta. Romana.
TO address the gap between the academe and the information technology sector, a Cebu-grown IT company, Alliance Software Inc., and the Cebu Institute of Technology-University (CIT-U) College of Computer Studies signed an agreement yesterday.
Since 2010, Alliance has been coordinating with CIT-U for their two major programs: the Project Mentoring Program where students improve or solve a company-made project and the Bridge Training Program, which provides training on web-based development and project management.
Alliance Software Chief Executive Officer Robert Cheng said the company decided to formalize its partnership with CIT-U to strengthen the company's thrust of providing relevant industry-level training to make students more industry-ready upon graduation.
Students who are taking up BS IT, BS Computer Science, and BS Computer Engineering in CIT-U can benefit from the program.
Those who attended the event included Cheng, Chief Operations Officer Sherwin Yu, Human Resource Director Pauline Wade, CIT-U Vice President for Administration John Gregory Escario, CIT-U Vice President for Academics Corazon Evangelista Valencia, SPSS Director Bernard Villamor, CIT-U College of Computer Studies Dean Cherry Lyn Sta. Romana, CIT-U IT Department Chair Larmie Feliscuzo and 20 CIT-U BS IT students.
Alliance awarded the students for completing the company's six-week Bridge Program. Cheng said the formal partnership will also offer a research and development collaboration, where Alliance will suggest technology problem areas to CIT-U faculty and students that both parties can address.
In addition, Cheng said the company will also coordinate with the faculty in developing a curriculum that will make the graduates more responsive to the demands of the industry.
According to Cheng, one problem IT companies face in employing fresh graduates is that they have to undergo in-house training to prepare them for their actual job. He said companies could do away with such training if they think that fresh graduates are employable or ready to work right after graduation.
Sta. Romana said the faculty has little or no exposure to the demands of the industry, which contributes to the gap.
"Actually, we have tried a lot of strategies in the past; name it and we've done it. But this project with Alliance, like project mentoring, not only mentors the students but also us, the faculty," Sta. Romana said.
Escario said the partnership with CIT-U and Alliance also supports the Commission on Higher Education's thrust that encourages universities to adopt industry-level courses.
Cheng said Alliance has chosen CIT-U as its partner because of its responsiveness to IT education, with the needed IT infrastructure on hand. In addition, he said the company has long established its trust in the university's ability to "deliver its promise." Wade said CIT-U students and graduates are known for being among the most well-rounded employees in Cebu in terms of technical skills and work ethic.
Nevertheless, Alliance is also looking forward to formalize its partnerships with other universities in Cebu, which include the University of San Carlos, University of the Philippines Cebu and the University of San Jose Recoletos. JOG
"Actually, we have tried a lot of strategies in the past; name it and we've done it. But this project with Alliance, like project mentoring, not only mentors the students but also us, the faculty." - CIT-U Dean Sta. Romana